Four Bears Headed to NCAA Regionals
March 31, 2008
BERKELEY - Four members of the California women's gymnastics team will represent the Golden Bears individually at the NCAA West Regional Saturday, April 12, in Corvallis, Oregon. Senior Siobhan Luce, junior Jessica Kelley and sophomore Sophia Hocini will compete in the all-around, while junior Bridgette Glass will participate on beam and is an alternate for bars.
This marks the third consecutive year that Cal has had representation in the national regionals. Last year, the Bears advanced as a team to the west regional, which Cal hosted at Haas Pavilion. In 2006, Britani Pittullo competed for Cal individually.
Hocini has produced quality scores consistently throughout the year. She led the Bears in the all-around at the Pac-10 Championships, notching a 38.625. Against Boise State two weeks ago, Hocini posted Cal's third-best all-around score of the season with a 38.675. Hocini set career highs on beam and floor during the Senior Day quad meet on March 16, posting a 9.800 on beam and a 9.900 on floor. The floor score was the best of the campaign among all Cal gymnasts.
Luce has been one of Cal's most consistent competitors on the mats in 2008. The native of Reno, Nev., has only missed one event out of all the competitions thus far. She set a season best on beam with a 9.725 and tied her season high on floor with a 9.725 at the Sacramento State quad meet on March 7. She scored at least a 9.700 in all four events, giving her a season-best all-around score of 38.975. She also posted a 9.775 on bars and a 9.750 on vault. Luce currently owns Cal's second-best score on bars this season with a personal best of 9.875 that she earned on Jan. 20. She notched a 9.825 on a more difficult vault routine against Stanford on Feb. 24 and a 9.800 on bars. Her 9.825 on vault tied her for the season-best score in that event among all Cal gymnasts, which she followed with a 9.800 in the Cat Classic on Feb. 29.
Since returning to action in the all-around at the Cat Classic, Jessica Kelley has given Cal's lineup a huge boost. The junior from Los Altos, Calif., scored her season best of 9.850 on bars at the Senior Day quad meet. Previous to that score, Kelley had notched a 9.800 three times. Also during the Bears' last home meet, Kelley tied her career best on floor with a 9.875. Against Boise State last weekend, Glass set her season high on beam with a 9.800 and tied her season best on vault (9.600). In the Sacramento State quad meet, she tallied a season-high mark of 9.750 on beam. Kelley, who has only competed all-around three times this year, owns the second-best all-around score of 2008 (38.700).
Bridgette Glass has been taking charge for Cal as of late. For the past three weeks, the Oakley, Calif., native has led Cal on bars and beam. Glass secured her second 9.900 beam score of the season against Boise State. In the Senior Day quad meet, she won bars and beam, including her first 9.900 beam score, which was the best mark on beam for 2008 among all Cal gymnasts and tied her for third on Cal's all-time list in that event. Glass has tallied a mark of 9.800 or higher on bars and beam five times this year. At the Pac-10 Championships, she scored a team-high mark of 9.775 on bars and beam.